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Beacon Awards recognise sector’s best

The team behind Pass It On was presented with the AoC Beacon Award for Staff Development during a celebration event at Westminster yesterday.

The awards were organised by the Association of Colleges and presented by Skills Minister, Nick Boles.

The team from Reading College was among 13 recipients from across the UK, recognised as leading innovative and exemplary approaches to teaching and learning.

Pass It On was chosen as the winner of the City & Guilds Award for Staff Development in the awards for leadership and quality improvement category.

Dame Pat Bacon, chair of the Beacon Awards, said: “Reading College is an outstanding representative of the excellent work happening in colleges across the country.

“It is a privilege to oversee these awards which allow us to celebrate the exemplary and innovative work colleges are developing to support their students, staff, employers and local communities, as well as helping to support our recovering economy.”

Catherine Bush, Head of Projects at sponsor City & Guilds, said: “The winner of the staff development award is an inspiring example of a programme that provides a wide range of development opportunities and support for staff in creative and innovative ways.

“The programme reinforces the importance of the capability, motivation and commitment of staff in delivery of high quality teaching and learning.”

Pass It On brings together activities including an online hub where staff can share tips and resources, as well as special weeks where teachers are invited to try new approaches and welcome colleagues into their classrooms to watch them in action.

Cheryl Pennington, assistant principal at Reading College, said: “Pass It On has resulted in a more dynamic, motivated and well-connected workforce and a more engaging experience for our students, whose success rates have improved.

“Yesterday’s event was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the success of the programme, which has involved so many people. We look forward to further opportunities to recognise the work of all staff during a local celebration event at the college in March.”

As a Beacon Award winner, the team at Reading College will now share experience and approaches with other colleges across the UK.